How can we help?


All About Smart Share


All About Smart Share

Smart Share is the ideal way to share affiliate links on your social media feed. It's an extension (also called a plug-in) for the Chrome browser and works on both Mac and PCs. Installing the Smart Share extension from the Chrome Store gives you the flexibility and convenience of promoting items as you browse eBay, outside of the eBay Partner Network portal.

With Smart Share, you can easily find items, share links, and earn commissions as you visit any page on eBay. You can also see what deals are eligible for commissions in the US and Canada using the Deals Flag feature.
In the below article, you will find the steps on how to access and use the Smart Share tool!

1. Login to your EPN account and select the ‘Smart Share’ from the drop-down menu under the Tools tab.


2. On the smart share tool page, click on the Install Smart Share icon to install the extension from the Chrome Browser Gallery.
 
3. To learn about ‘How to Use Smart Share Tool’ you need to follow the below 3 steps.
  • Install the Smart Share Extension from the Chrome store
  • Download and upload your Campaigns
  • Use Smart share anywhere on eBay.



4. You can also use the Deals Flag feature to see which deals are commissionable when on the Deals pages on eBay.com and eBay.ca.
Note: Access to the Deal Flag is restricted to approved users. To request access, please contact us.



How to Install Smart Share in your Chrome browser

1. Open your Google Chrome browser or download and install it, if you don't have it already.
2. Download Smart Share by eBay from the Chrome extension store. If you have a different browser set to open links by default, just right-click on the download link, copy the link, and paste it into Chrome.
3. Click the Add to Chrome button.
4. A pop-up dialog will confirm you want to add the extension. Click the Add extension button.
5. After you click that button, the Smart Share icon should appear in your browser. If you don’t see it there, you can click the three vertical dots at the top right of your browser and find it under Extensions.

Note: Chrome does not support extensions on its mobile versions, so it won't work for generating links on phones, iPads, or other devices classified as "mobile." So, you can't use the tool to create links on these devices.  Don't worry about your users--you can reach them on whatever device they use.

How to connect Smart Share with your partner account?

1. Click the Download your Campaigns button on the Smart Share portal page.
2. A text file that begins with "EPN_CAMPAIGNS_" followed by today's date will immediately download to your default download location.
3. Click the Smart Share icon in your Chrome toolbar to open the extension, which will bring up this welcome screen.
4. Click the Upload button.
5. Select the text file you recently downloaded  (that starts with EPN_CAMPAIGNS) in the dialog box, and it will immediately upload.
6. You should see the filename of your campaign file appear under the Upload button.
Campaigns file uploaded
7. Click Continue.
8. You will see the following dialog if you did everything correctly.

How to Use Smart Share to Share and the Deal Flag feature?

When you’re browsing eBay, and find an item you want to share, follow the below steps to use the smart share tool.

1. You can click the Smart Share extension in your Chrome browser to open Smart Share, and it will open the following interface.



2. Select the campaign to which you want to assign this item using the "Pick a campaign" dropdown.
3. The personalized affiliate link for your item will now be updated with that campaign and ready to share. Click the Copy Link button to copy the link to your clipboard. The button text will change to Copied after you click it.
4. With the URL in your clipboard, you can use Ctrl-V to paste the affiliate link for that item anywhere you want your audience to find it.
You can also share your link directly onto Facebook or Pinterest by clicking the logo for either platform directly under Your Personalized Link.
  • To share on Facebook, click the Facebook icon, and once you're logged in, a new post is already started with your affiliate link to that item already included and ready for you to post.
  • To share on Pinterest, click the Pinterest icon, and once you're logged in, Pinterest will let you pick which image you want to use for the item you selected, and then you can share it.
Using the Deal Flag feature

To see which deals are commissionable, you need to turn on the Deal Flag in your extension settings.

1. Right-click on the Smart Share icon in your browser toolbar to show its menu, and select Options.
Smart Share browser options
 
2. A new page will open with the option to Enable Deal Flag. Select the box to enable it.
enable deal flag
3. Send a request to Customer Support requesting approval for Deal Flag access.
4. After you are given access to Deal Flag, you can go to the eBay Deals pages in either the US or Canada, and make sure you're signed in to the eBay account associated with your EPN account. When you're signed in, any commissionable items will include a green star and the word Commissionable in the bottom left corner.

Commissionable item
5. Once you find a commissionable deal you want to share, just click through to that item, and select the Smart Share icon from your browser toolbar to get the affiliate link to share for that item.

How to Update Smart Share?

Smart Share functions independently of your partner account, so you will need to update it to include your current campaigns.

To update your campaigns:
1. Click the Download your Campaigns button on the Smart Share portal page.
2. Click the Smart Share toolbar icon in your Chrome browser.
3. On the Smart Share screen, select Settings at the top right, and then click Upload:

1. Select the text file you recently downloaded (that starts with EPN_CAMPAIGNS) in the dialog box, and it will immediately upload.
2. You should see your updated list of campaigns under "Your campaigns" on that screen, as well as the date and time they were last updated.
Language
You can also choose your preferred language under the “Settings” menu. That setting does not change the language or eBay site that you’ve set in your Campaigns, only what language will appear in the browser extension.

Rating Smart Share
After you’ve had a chance to experience our Chrome extension, please return to the Chrome web store to rate the extension and share your insights.

For further queries, please check our list of frequently asked questions.